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    Which Stem

    Just wondering if anyone has used a Ritchey Carbon Matrix C220 Stem.
    I'm thinking of either that, or a Zipp Service Course SL Stem.
    Any thoughts would be welcome.

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    I've been riding one since January 2017 (older Ritchey logo, but think the carbon matrix is the same). No problems, has never loosened once torqued, clamped carbon bars fine. Just checked my order and paid $98 at Excel Sports - sale. I couldn't tell any difference between it and the aluminum stem it replaced.

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    Those are both quality stems. It really comes down to looks, fit and price.

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    What jn said. Virtually all of them will do the job w/ very few exceptions. Go w/ whatever fits and looks good to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
    It really comes down to looks, fit and price.
    Pretty much but I have noticed some now use Torx bolts instead of regular hex ones and that could be a factor for some. It doesn't matter for functionality but I figure why create a need to buy and carry another tool when there are plenty of options just as good where that wouldn't be necessary.

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